Andrew Luck is one of those rare stories that you hear in the NFL where the player prioritized his mental health and overall well-being over massive amounts of money. The quarterback was just 32, when he retired, for a quarterback that is considered young but Luck had a history of injuries and in August 2019, he got injured yet again and had to endure a massive amount of pain in order to be ready to play again. It was a constant cycle for the quarterback, to get injured, rehab, play, and repeat all over again. He decided that this was not how he wanted to live and during the Indianapolis Colts Week 3 preseason matchup against the Bears, ESPN leaked the news that the quarterback was hanging it up.
The original plan was for the quarterback to personally break this news out at a press conference in a formal way so that he could give his perspective to the fans as well. As we know, news of this kind is very hard to keep under the wraps, even Tom Brady’s retirement could not be kept a secret despite his small circle so it is not a surprise that Luck’s decision was announced ahead of schedule. The news spread like fire throughout the Chicago Bears stadium within moments.
Aaron Rodgers believes Andrew Luck did not deserve to be booed for deciding what was best for him:
Aaron Rodgers spoke on how Andrew Luck received a bitter reaction from the crowd upon announcing his retirement, after giving his all for 7 entire seasons to the Colts organization. After looking at how the fans reacted to the quarterback’s decision to retire, Rodgers was surprised and disgusted as well, here is why.
The Packers star claimed that he was surprised at not only Luck’s timing of the decision just two weeks before the 2019 season began, but also the reaction of all the Indianapolis Colts fans who booed the man in the middle of the game against the Chicago Bears.
Andrew Luck was in pain, he had an ankle injury that restricted his movement in the offseason to a great extent, before that in 2017, he had a shoulder injury due to which he could not play the entire season, so it made sense for him that before anything worse happened, it was better if he hung it up as he did not want to live in pain. His happiness was more worth it than risking his life on the football field.
Aaron Rodgers believes that Andrew Luck did the right thing and those who were calling him selfish did not know what he was going through. Think about this for a second, if Luck wanted, he could have sat on the sidelines and still gotten his paycheck, he could have played like trash and still become richer but he chose to not do that.
Following the preseason game against Chicago, the fans in the building began to boo Andrew Luck for abruptly retiring as they felt the quarterback was hanging them out to dry and giving up on his teammates. This is very insulting and humiliating for an athlete who has sacrificed his personal life, who gives his blood, sweat, and tears to the organization, and risks his life every time he goes out there. Since analysts are the ones who started calling Luck selfish, they would not know what he is going through, only another athlete can understand his situation.
“I think the second is a little disgust, maybe, at the way that it was handled. Him getting booed, the word leaking out the way that it did. I thought that was a little disgusting. Because here’s a guy who’s making a quality of life decision. And he’s given a lot to the game, although he’s not a 15-year-old vet, he’s put himself through a ton just to get back on the field,” Rodgers justified his perspective.
Andrew Luck had a brief career but he was able to make a decision that far too many athletes are hesitant to make. He prioritized his well-being over all else and that is something that he should be lauded for. He does not deserve to be booed for doing what was best for him.